Zig Zagging Across PEI’s Interior Roadway System

Twenty-two hours ago when we were handed the island map of PEI, at the information station, we may have wanted to inquire further on a couple of navigational tips because this map lookd like a fifth graders first try at cross-hatching. Honestly, the last tourist map we had which looked this intense was in Ireland,…

Exploring Prince Edward Island National Park

Pulling through the six-stop signs which lead us out of the parking lot at Anne of Green Gables, we turned right heading up the hill into Cavendish, as we decided on a couple of coffees before the rain imploded around us. Before we reached the only coffee shop, the wife made a wrong turn left…

Green Gables

Before ever crossing the Confederation Bridge to PEI, I was informed that every person has a specific reason as to “why” they want to fly, drive or ferry onto the smallest province of Canada. For myself, I would like to be able to say to someone, anyone, that I have a story about every province…

The Giants of Mining near Fort McMurray Alberta

Every other week since June 6th, I have been travelling to Fort McMurray to consult with a client about a project we arw doing for the municipality of Wood Buffalo. During my last trip here about 4 weeks ago, I looked up “things to do in Ft McMurray” #4 was visiting the Giants of Mining…

The Smallest Canadian Province with a Big Bold Past

Upon entering the Confederation Bridge there is a big bold sign use of cellphones on the bridge strictly prohibited and fines up to… I missed that part obviously as I was driving and taking this photo at the slow rate of speed 50-kmph (35mph). After the twenty-two minute slow drive across the bridge, we pulled…

The Sweet and Sour of Departing Fall River, Nova Scotia

Departing from Fall River, Nova Scotia was both sweet as we were excited about our next leg of the trip and sour, as we were departing the fun we were having with our friends. The original plan was to drive to Cape Breton and drive the rugged coastline on the Cabot Trail, staying in a…

Would You be a Pirate for a Day?

Before our suitcases were packed we received a text message from our friends, asking if we would like to join them on a pirate themed tallship cruise around the Halifax harbour? “Seriously? You want us to dress up like Pirates and go sailing?” I texted back hoping the answer was actually yes. “Well are you…

Enjoyment of a Pier, a Cooler and a Sunset in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

After the discounted shoe purchase, the ladies stopped for a brief moment to use the public washroom, ans grab a coffee at Tim Horton’s. While the women were indisposed, I took a brisk walk up this new street and to my chagrin spotted Jo-ann’s bakery and deli, across the way. I perused the shop quickly…

The Quinessential Coastal Town of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

With all people and dogs safely onboard the bright burnt-orange Dodge 1500 quad cab truck we safely departed from Peggy’s Cove. The truck rumbled down the coastline, twisting and turning along the waters edge as we watched the rocky topography disappear into tranquil side walls of green sloping grassy knolls plunging down into the ocean….

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia is Both Beautiful and Dangerous

In front of you is a rectangular sign which is situated verrically. It is 15″ tall x12″ wide. The sign is bright yellow. Along both edges left and right, are reflective red stripes. There are 12 stripes, spaced 1/4″ apart and stop just before an illustration. At the bottom of the sign is an illustration…

Fall River to Halifax and Back

Back in May, a couple of friends’ moved away from Edmonton, Alberta and landed in Fall River, Nova Scotia a pleasant 15-minute winding drive to Dartmouth where their new jobs are located. After their departure they requested that we come out and spend a few days exploring their new surroundings. Last year, the wife and…

Around to Moncton, Thru the Horn and Into Nova Scotia

Back in the parking lot we unloaded our cooler and had a picnic. With our bellies full of good food we set out towards Moncton about 37kms (52-miles) away. As we travelled the roadway, the wife buried her face in the travel guide trying to pick and choose what we might want to do in…

A Trip Down to Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

If you are into Geoparks or natural water errosion features this is the place to be: Hopewell Rocks. Upon arrival you are shown a couple of maps of the area which inform whether From the tip to the tail its a natural wonderment. Above is a 4-kilometre stretch of mud flats which are exposed during…

From Alma its Twists and Turns to Cape Enrage Lighthouse

The sleepy town of Alma was the perfect overnight stop; it was quaint with its Victorian buildings along main street, it was quiet with its 164 inhabitants plus 30 visitors and it was restful in the firmest bed that we’ve encountered thus far. In the morning the wife was still asleep an unusual feat, for…

A Day Trip from Fredericton to Alma

Trapped inside our King Suite hotel room on the outskirts of Fredericton we decided what our plans for the day were. First check-out the free hotel breakfast and decide if, there is anything worth taking advantage of. Go to Value Village to locate a pirate costume for the upcoming tallship tour and determine what you…

Where Will 808-Kilometres Take You?

After departing Canadian Tire with our soft cooler purchase for our Maritimes road trip Adventure, we opted for a stop at Privago with its President Clubs and Joe Fresh signage out front which we deemed to be a sister-store of Superstore out West. Inside it was anything but a Superstore. This was a magnificent fresh…

How to Start a 10-day Road Trip from Montreal

On Tuesday morning we headed for Avis Car Rental at 1125 Rue Metcalfe in downtown Montreal to pickup our car. After a brief subway ride and a cruisey walk up along a stretch of parks we arrived. Pulling open the door to step inside I spotted a very, very long line of people going out…

How do You Become a Saint?

After 33-days of reading travel guides, blogs, and other materials about Montreal, I found a story so grand that I just had to visit it for the shear beauty and miraculous possibilities. If you’ve never heard how one becomes a Saint, you should look it up. Or just read this shortened version below; Catholic saints…

Starring at the Hands of Masters

The words of mankind will never provide you with enough detail about the intricasies of detail and craftsmanship within the confines of Notre-Dame Basilique de Montreal. As a guy who thoroughly enjoys details my vocabulary, will never do this space justice. It is a wonderment of perfection and when you as a person just sits…

The Adventures of Wake and Go Early

Reflection is the masterpiece of today and the wonderment of tomorrow. Well thats at least what I thought yesterday as we planned our escape of the condo by 6:30am to be in Old Montreal bright and early. Instead we rose somewhat earlier than the day before around 8:05am. Uncharacteristically the wife hopped up landing in…

What to do on a Sunday in Montreal?

Go to Church of course! Well that is after a stroll thru the local Atwater Market to pickup brunch at Le Kitchen Marche an all vegan restaurant, purchase groceries: fresh berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries), Skyr yogurt, gluten-free (GF) bars, GF granola, assorted cheese and GF crackers. Only to get trapped by a raging…

Montreal

Finally “it” happend we landed, on the tarmac at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Quebec and instead of perusing around the terminal looking in airport shops or catching a bite to eat before our next flight, we actually bipassed all this and went straight to the arrivals area! The first observation once wandering…